Mumbai students performed brilliantly in ICSE and ISC board exams this year, with a total of 13 toppers from the city, both classes combined.
Out of 15 ICSE and 49 ISC toppers, Mumbai has seven and six students grabbing the top 3-spots, respectively.
Navi Mumbai boy Swayam Das emerged as the overall ICSE topper, while Abhijnan Chakraborty and Tansa Shah were ISC city toppers.
Swayam wants to be a scientist, just like his father
Koparkhairane-based Swayam, a St. Mary's School student, scored a whopping 99.4%, with a perfect 100 in Maths, Computer, and History.
Son of a scientist, Swayam wants to join India's premier IISC.
While other subjects weren't that tough for him, he struggled with Hindi, since it's not his primary language.
"While I expected to score well, topping the exams is a surprise," he said.
Abhijnan credits his single mother, Tansa her parents for performance
Son of a single mother, Abhijnan Chakraborty (pictured) from Lilavatibai Podar High School made her proud by scoring 99.5%.
He gave full credit to his businesswoman-mother for this stellar performance, and said that he wants to be a scientist and make her happier.
Sharing the dais with Abhijan is Tansa Shah from The Cathedral and John Connon School, who wants to be a lawyer.
For both classes, Southern region had the best performance
For Class 12, Southern India had the best results with a pass percentage of 98.38%. It was followed by the West (97.22%), North (95.97%) and East (95.85%). For Class 10, again, the South had highest pass percentage (99.69%), followed by West (99.67%), East and North.
Cause of concern
Principals fear other board-examinees may lose out this year
All ISC and ICSE toppers this year scored around 99% unlike last year's.
This trend of such high marks may become a hurdle for SSC, HSC and CBSE examinees who wish to take admission in colleges in Mumbai.
Since there is no uniform marking system, other board examinees may not score this high and lose out a chance on admissions, said several college-principals.